The fourth of the six knockout matches on the April 3 episode of “The Voice” pitted two of Blake Shelton‘s artists — Casi Joy and Felicia Temple — against each other. We asked if you thought Shelton made the right choice by going with Joy and you disagreed with him by a margin of 79% to 21%. If you haven’t voted in our poll yet, watch their performances below and then cast your ballot. And be sure to sound off in our comments section too.
Joy connected with the crowd with her rendition of Maren Morris‘ Grammy-winning “My Church.” With the guidance of her coach, she gave the 2016 country tune an edge. Temple tried her best with “My Heart Will Go On,” the “Titanic” theme song that had been a worldwide hit for battle round mentor Celine Dion in 1997. Shelton had stolen Temple from Keys and she tried hard to show him and us that he had not made a mistake. Even though she made this iconic song her own, her new coach opted for Joy, who had been with his team from the blind auditions
Saving the best for last on the March 1 blind audition episode, Joy was the only one of the seven acts seen that got the support of all four judges. She put her own spin on the 1958 country classic “Blue” by Bill Mack that won LeAnn Rimes a Grammy in 1996. While Joy was open to trying different genres, in the end she chose to go with Shelton, her favorite country singing star. And her March 20 battle with Ashley Levin was also the last of the night. Joy and Levin were both outstanding as they crooned Reba McEntire‘s 1984 No. 1 country hit “How Blue.” Before revealing his choice, Shelton acknowledged he had made a mistake with this match-up: “I told you girls from the second I heard you singing together, I wish I hadn’t.” After he opted to take Joy to the knockouts, the others made their case for Levin, who went with Keys in the end.
In her February 27 blind audition, Temple delivered a powerful performance of the 1960 Etta James classic “All I Could Do Was Cry.” While Shelton and Stefani also wanted her for their teams, she connected with Keys and they even sang a few bars of the coach’s hit “Fallin’.” Before going into battle with Quizz Swanigan on March 20, Temple spoke movingly of her personal connection to their song, “Titanium.” She had used this 2011 Sia hit as inspiration when undergoing treatment for cancer. However, she could not overcome the desire by Keys to mentor Swanigan who, at just 13, is the youngest contestant in the history of “The Voice.” However, Shelton liked what he heard from Temple – “You can just hear the warmth and that rounder tone that she has” – and stole her away for his team.
Do you think Shelton made the right choice by going with Joy? Watch the two performances and then vote in our poll below. And be sure to sound off in our comments section too.
Casi Joy (“My Church”)
Felicia Temple (“My Heart Will Go On”)